Patricia Savage, MSN, CPNP recently celebrated 40 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner and has spent all of those years caring for children in Oregon. She joined NAPNAP and Oregon's local chapter in 1979 and has since served on her chapter’s board as secretary, vice president and, on two occasions, president.
Savage enrolled at the University of Oregon in 1970, then onto University of Oregon, School of Nursing (U of O SON) in Portland the following year. (later becoming OHSU SON). She joined the Army during her second year of school , which paid for two years of schooling in return for three years commitment. While in the Army, she completed a pediatric nurse clinician program in 1976; which now is termed nurse practitioner program. Savage took the PNCB certifying exam in 1978; the second time it was ever offered. She continued as an army captain working as a pediatric nurse clinician at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
Once her army service was completed, Savage then went to the University of Texas at Austin and received her master's degree in maternal-child nursing. It was there she met her husband, Lamar and they married in 1979. Savage returned to Oregon, with her husband, and worked for Kaiser Permanente for 17 years. During those years, she was an adjunct faculty member at OHSU SON giving lectures and taught many PNP students along the way. Teaching has always been a passion. She also was awarded PNP of the year in Oregon in 1992!
After Kaiser, she worked for a number of years in a general pediatric office. Patricia and Lamar had always dreamed of living on the coast and eventually ended up in Coos Bay, Ore. in 2004, working many roles with the Curry County Health Department. There were no pediatricians in Curry County for many years. Savage was instrumental in opening two school based health clinics in Brookings and Port Orford, Ore., where she served as program coordinator and nurse practitioner for both clinics.
Savage now works with North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay. She has started teaching OHSU SON students again and enjoys the mental stimulation it provides. Presently, she is part of a multidisciplinary team providing medical, mental health and dental evaluation to foster kids.
Please welcome us in celebrating Patricia's hard work and commitment to the children of Oregon and NAPNAP. She has not only touched so many children and their families, but also so many of us pediatric nurse practitioners, in her years of teaching, and organizational leadership.